Daily Devotionals

Matthew 19:13-15

Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people; but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away.

Matthew 19:13-15

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Daily Devotionals

Psalm 148:1-6

Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord from the heavens,
praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels,
praise him, all his host!
Praise him, sun and moon,
praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens!
Let them praise the name of the Lord!
For he commanded and they were created.
And he established them for ever and ever;
he fixed their bounds which cannot be passed. –Psalm 148:1-6

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Comfort Zones

My first car was a Mustang II. It was an older car in sort of a faded mustard yellow (I am not at all sure why they would ever make that color!) It had off-white vinyl seats with yellow piping and tan carpet among its finer attributes. It was reliable for me and would take me back and forth to my summer job at the mall. But the radio was messed up. The tuner knob could only turn the little red needle a little way to the right. And when it comes to radio stations for a high school student all the “cool” stations are on the right. I could only pick up the talk radio and National Public Radio stations. When I got off work I would listen to the radio on the way home.

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Life Lessons

When I was growing up I spent a lot of time on a ranch with one of my best friends. Her family had many acres for us to explore, and beautiful horses to ride. One particular day, I guess we were bored with that, because our second-grade brains decided it was a great idea to take her mom’s car out for a spin (just around the circle drive). My friend had driven farm trucks before, but I had never sat in the driver’s seat of a car alone. I remember that my friend took her turn first, and carefully cruised around the circle drive several times; then it came to my turn to take the wheel. She pulled into the drive way and we swapped seats.

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New Adventures

My Mother was a cautious driver. She did not learn to drive until she was in her late twenties. I am not sure she ever broke the speed limit and rarely did she venture from her normal path of driving. She could easily navigate from home to the office, or from home to church or her favorite shopping destinations. She seemed quite content with staying in her small, comfortable range.

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Driver’s Ed

Learning to drive is not an easy thing. Of course, those of us who have been driving for years may find it hard to remember that. We’ve been driving for so long that the skills necessary to control a car are second nature to us. Still it can’t be easy to acquire them when you’re 16 or 17.

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Training

Have you ever wondered if race car drivers need to be physically fit? It would seem, from the outside looking in, that driving a car would not require a great level of physical fitness. The truth is that professional drivers spend a great amount of time staying in good condition. Although drivers do not need to be extremely fit it helps when you are driving a high-horse powered car like the ones used in Formula One racing. The stronger their body the better they are able to handle the car on a challenging racetrack.

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Daily Devotionals

Mark 12:28-34

And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that he is one, and there is no other but he; and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any question.

Mark 12:28-34 RSV

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Romans 5:1-5

“Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.”

Romans 5:1-5

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Cars

A favorite movie in our house was the Disney Pixar movie Cars. The movie tells the tale of Lightning McQueen, an over-confident, self-absorbed rookie race car. In the race for the Piston Cup, there is a photo finish with Lightning McQueen finishing in a 3-way tie. They decide to have a run-off between these cars several days later in California.

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